BBC tells Australian govt to treat VPN users as pirates

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster, has told an Australian government proceeding that people who use VPNs a lot should be assumed to be engaged in piracy, that ISPs should surveil their users, that websites should be censored by Chinese-style national firewalls, and that the families of people accused of watching TV the wrong way should be disconnected from the Internet. Read the rest

Madeline Ashby's Hieroglyph story: "By the Time We Get To Arizona"

The Hieroglyph anthology was created by Neal Stephenson, challenging sf writers to imagine futures where ambitious technological projects improved the human condition. Read the rest

Tabnapping: a new phishing attack [2010]

Aza Raskin's Tabnapping is a proof-of-concept for a fiendish attack: a tab that waits until you're not watching, then turns itself into a convincing Google login screen that you assume you must have opened. Read the rest

Give Me Fiction: the Podcast

We are proud to share Give Me Fiction, a prose reading series hosted by stand-up comic Ivan Hernandez. The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme.

For the podcast, we release one of those stories a week to the listening public. We begin with three selections from the first GMF, “Sheila of Christ” by Anna Seregina, “The Diorama” by Scott Simpson, and “Breathe unto the Tender Sky” by your erstwhile host.

GMF is produced by Will Scovill and presented by Boing Boing. You can check out GMF on the iTunes Store, Soundcloud, RSS, Twitter, and Facebook, and buy tickets for the live show. Read the rest

Futility Closet: mystery of the well-dressed corpse

On Dec. 1, 1948, a well-dressed corpse appeared on a beach in South Australia. Despite 66 years of investigation, no one has ever been able to establish who he was, how he came to be there, or even how he died.

In this episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll delve into the mystery of the Somerton man, a fascinating tale that involves secret codes, a love triangle, and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. We'll also hear Franklin Adams praise the thesaurus and puzzle over some surprising consequences of firing a gun.

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Boars, Gore, and Swords: Penny Dreadful

This week we’re completely lacking in Boars, but are up to our mangled necks in Gore and Swords. Ivan and Red take a break from the realms of Westeros and Essos and head for 19th century London to re-cap Showtime and Sky’s Penny Dreadful, created and written by John Logan. In this “What You Should Be Watching” episode, they discuss ravens from the Bannermen, Penny Dreadful’s horrific introduction, The Doctor’s big reveal, a victorian SRO, the best place to be located if you discover you’re in a horror film, Ava vs Eva, Feminism and the Third Reich, CGI Spiders, the scourge of pocket watches discouraging human interaction, Timothy Dalton’s Taken, lady Sherlock, guts budget, the Emmy for best face tattoo, and the logical fallacy of world murder. Read the rest

Card tricks with Willie Nelson

We agree with The World's Best Ever's statement about Willie Nelson: "Without a doubt, one of the top 3 people we’d want to hang out with on earth." Read the rest

Seemingly intoxicated Rob Ford gives subway press-conference

In theory, he's completed rehab, has stopped his substance abuse, and is ready to serve another term as mayor [Link] (via Accordion Guy) Read the rest

Dietary supplement company sues website for providing a forum for dissatisfied customers

Roca Labs sells dubious snake-oil like a "Gastric Bypass Alternative," and their terms of service forbid their customers from ever complaining; they say that Pissedconsumer.com committed "tortious interference" by providing a place where disgruntled buyers could air their grievances. Read the rest

Norwegian atheist velociraptor trike: the movie

Remember Norwegian artist Markus Moestue's velociraptor trike, which he pedalled cross-country to protest religious education in state schools? Well, now there's a video documenting the trip. Read the rest

Mel Brooks cement prank at the Chinese Theater

Mel Brooks put his eleven fingers in cement yesterday at Hollywood's famed Chinese Theater. (Today) Read the rest

Stellar bargains at Top Shelf Comix's $3 sale!

One of the world's great and indispensible indie comix publishers (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Lost Girls, Nemo, From Hell, March, Essex County, Swallow Me Whole, etc) selling huge amounts of inventory at deep discounts, with 125 titles for $1-$3, and for over 180 titles, you can get the digital comic thrown in for just a dollar or two more. (Thanks, Chris!) Read the rest

House with a supersonic jet in its back yard

Gautam Trivedi spotted this bit of real-world Russo-cyberpunk: a supersonic jet retired to the back yard of a stately Russian mansion. Read the rest

Amazon vs Hachette is nothing: just WAIT for the audiobook wars!

In my latest Locus column, Audible, Comixology, Amazon, and Doctorow’s First Law, I unpick the technological forces at work in the fight between Amazon and Hachette, one of the "big five" publishers, whose books have not been normally available through Amazon for months now, as the publisher and the bookseller go to war over the terms on which Amazon will sell books in the future. Read the rest

Video: "Most Epic Nerf War in History!"

Australian filmmaker Danny Philippou brings a Nerf gun battle with your friends to a new cinematic level. (via Laughing Squid) Read the rest

Video: "How Ballet Shoes Get Made"

I'm proud of my wife and daughter who are both beginning ballet students. They'll enjoy this documentary about the making of ballet shoes! (via Digg) Read the rest

National Geographic's first wildlife photos

The July 1906 issue of National Geographic featured the magazine's first wildlife photos, night shots by George Shiras III. Two of the National Geographic Society board members were infuriated, arguing that the magazine was becoming a "picture book." Read the rest

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